16 Days of Activism against GBV: here’s what you can do

16 Days of Activism against GBV: here’s what you can do

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is marked every year to draw the attention to this important social issue, and will be held from 25 November to 10 December 2019.

All over the world, 16 Days will kick off on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will this year be held under the global theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”.

At home, the objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:

– Attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.
– Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.
– Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.
– Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.
– Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.
– Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.

Violence against women and children may take many forms, and can include physical violence (domestic violence and violent crime like assault, rape, robbery and murder), emotional violence, together with the poverty, humiliation, starvation and degradation that many women and children in our country face every day.

If you’re wondering how you can make a contribution to combating these problems in South Africa, you can assist in various ways:

– By wearing a red ribbon for the duration of the 16 days, to show your support and symbolise your commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.
– By volunteering your time or showing financial support to NGOs and community groups that support abused women or children.
– By speaking out against the abuse of women and children, and making your concern known by spreading the message on social media.
– By encouraging survivors to talk about their abuse, and helping them to find help.
– By encouraging children to report bullying at school.
– By reporting child abuse to the police.

Sparrow FET College is committed to the fight against gender-based violence, and believes that it will take all our efforts to root out this systemic societal problem completely. Join us in marking this issue from 25 November to 10 December 2019.

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